Legal agreement in place to let massive plan get underway
Work on an ambitious £500m development which will transform the north of Kirkcaldy is set to begin next year.
The move comes after the Kingdom Park scheme was given planning permission, subject to the signing of a legal agreement, by Kirkcaldy Area Committee in September 2012.
Since then discussions have been ongoing with the developer about how the plans should be delivered and the required agreement has now been signed.
The scheme will see the creation of 1000 new homes, a primary school, shops, care home and a community centre over the next 15 to 20 years.
The proposal by Murray Estates at Kingslaw, in the north east of the town, will be the final stage in the long term improvements to the area which has seen large parts of the site mined for coal and then restored in preparation for development.
The road network will also be improved to cut bottlenecks and resolve congestion, particularly around the Redhouse roundabout.
Two new access roads to the site will be created, along with a new roundabout at Gallatown, and the Redhouse roundabout will be upgraded with traffic lights and a new slip road added.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said the plans will kick start the area’s regeneration: “This is especially good news for the Gallatown and Boreland coming on the back of the recent approval of plans for the new Kirkcaldy East secondary school.
“The Kingslaw development is another important boost for this area and this application will bring a much needed investment for the construction industry as we expand Kirkcaldy towards the Redhouse roundabout.”
Development is expected on site in the spring with the first stages being affordable housing.
Murray Estates will invest approximately £77 million over the course of the project in 817 private housing units and 273 affordable homes. A neighbourhood centre including shops and a community facility will also be provided, representing a further investment of over £7 million.
Jestyn Davies from Murray Estates said: “We are delighted to secure planning at Kingdom Park. This is one of our flagship projects which has already attracted a huge amount of market interest both from housebuilders and retailers. We look forward to delivering this important addition to Kirkcaldy.”